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By Delcie Light
Feb. 18, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Planting time! A joyous time for me. Even though we have many varieties of iris, lilies, and roses, I like to fill pots with annuals and put them on the deck. I was enjoying my stroll through the just delivered plants at a local green house, and loading up on a variety of fresh plants when I noticed an older man in coveralls following me. I turned and looked at him, and he said, "You sure are spending a lot of money."
I had never seen this man, so he did not know me or my circumstances. I was instantly furious that he felt entitled to suggest what I purchased or spent!
I was raised to think and do for myself, and his presumption hooked me.
I snarled, "I do not smoke, drink, or gamble. I taught junior and senior high for 27 years! I earned the right to buy flowers with MY own money."
It seemed no woman had ever spoken to him in such a way. Even though he was considerably larger than I, his jaw dropped and he back up! Then he turned and went the other way.
My imagination conjured up a meek, submissive woman in his kitchen. My hunch is he bossed his wife around for 50+ years. He likely felt he had the right to control women, even a woman he did not know. I wonder if he is in the North Dakota legislature now, passing laws to restrict a woman's right to make her own decisons?

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